Factors associated with the achievement in chemistry of senior students in selected secondary schools in Nueva Ecija

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Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Major in Chemistry

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Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Science Education

Thesis Adviser

Bee Ching U. Ong

Defense Panel Member

Adelaida L. Bago
Melencio C. Deauna
Anamy Ma. C. Paano
Adora S. Pili
Jaime Raul O. Janairo


This study determines whether parent and student characteristics are as associated with the learning of Chemistry concepts among senior students in selected secondary schools in Nueva Ecija during the school year 1998-1999. Predictors of achievement were also determined.Four hundred and ninety-four students acted as respondents of this research. The study made use of researcher-made questionnaires and an achievement test in Chemistry in high school. The descriptive research design is used. Findings showed that 36.84 percent of the student-respondents obtained low scores in the Chemistry achievement test. On student factors, a significant relationship existed between each characteristic like gender, grade in General Science and third year grade point average (GPA), and achievement in Chemistry tests. On parent factors, a significant relationship existed between fathers' and mothers' educational attainment and fathers' occupation and achievement in Chemistry concepts. The predictors of achievement in Chemistry were the grade in General Science, fathers' occupation, and third year GPA. Among the problems of students in learning Chemistry concepts are the need for more up-to-date textbooks and laboratory manuals, the use of abstract terms in the presentation of topics, and their not having a good preparation in Mathematics. Suggested solutions to these problems include the provision of adequate laboratory facilities, integration of various techniques in teaching, better instruction in Mathematics and English, and reduction of the number of students per class.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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145 leaves, 28 cm. ; Computer print-out (photocopy)


Achievement tests; Chemistry--Study and teaching; Education, Secondary; High school seniors; High school students

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